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We are on the precipice of a great and glorious future….. or so many commencement addresses have begun, or enticements to war.  At the start of a new job or a major life change, we stand at the steep edge of one position to make a great leap into another and untried experience.

Change can be good, yet many of us have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, to leave a bad situation to head into a new unknown.  Stepping out of a comfort zone is scary even when it is good for us.  We do stay in situations that are unhealthy, unproductive, and stagnant.  Some of our best skills and inherent traits go unused because they are undervalued or underexposed.

Yet, it is scary to step off that ledge into the vast abyss of doubt, fear, anxiety, and start anew. By nature, we are optimistic that things will work out, or money will arrive, or our health will hold out, or untested faith that all will occur rightly, as it should.

Taking chances, or choosing something new in our life, tests our endurance mentally and physically.  Despite the fear, there are the brave few who leap ~ precariously, judiciously, respectfully, and forcefully, to create change.  Embracing achievement and expanding our horizons means taking that first step.  But, it can be the start of something incredible and no matter how big, starts with that first shaky step to land on the other side of optimism, and simply begin…

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Being empathetic and sensitive means we observe and consider all the time.  We absorb our environment and the energy of the places and people that we encounter.  Being so finely tuned to others’ personalities, comments, and unspoken wants and needs, we process both good and bad.

Speaking for myself, I don’t forget.  For better or worse, I have a very long memory and a strong desire for justice and honesty.  Once I have encountered someone who has lied to me, or about me, I cannot just brush it off.  I will behave honorably because that is how I choose to live my life, and in the scheme of things, I want to be better than I was yesterday and continue to learn from the lessons that life has in store for me.

The dilemma is that I can see the craving for attention, the desire to engage, insecurities, and drive in someone else, but while being attentive, I have to protect myself.  It is a delicate balance between head and heart all the time.  It is easy, as a sensitive person, to get sucked into someone else’s drama.  Because we consider people to be inherently good, and seek to empathize, it can take a long time to accept that they have betrayed us or behaved so abusively.  We could never imagine treating others like that, so when it happens to us, it can be a shock to the system. It is so different than how we want to approach the world and create positive change and lasting kindness.


Considering each step and each word is a delicate attempt to reach for the high road.  Does it improve us, or the environment, for the better?  I will be polite and courteous hoping that the future, and I, will grow more patient, tolerant, and kind.

I continue to whisper a prayer to accept what I cannot change and change what I can accept.  


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When I need a boost of empathy and inspiration, Brene Brown is a favorite source.  There is no shame in having ups and downs. In fact, the vulnerability is more honest than a more superficial answer.  I like depth and intelligent conversation.  I like people who speak the truth and try to live it.  Rising up and trying to keep going is a strength. It is hard when you feel you are pushing through all alone, but the resilience and effort mean that you have not given up.

There are toxic situations and heartbreaking losses.  Grief, fear, anger, loss, and disappointment are real; they grab hold as they keep us teetering on the edge.

Keep going.  Honor your personal sense of integrity no matter how others behave. Speak the truth.  Remember who you are and all that you are capable of.  Don’t lose sight of the core of strength, empathy, and compassion.  We are a work in progress and hope and grace have no end.



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